BC: DEPARTED | BALTIMORE | 28 MAY 2012
FC: SYDNEY | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED 21 DEC 2011 | is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea.
1: Day One - Philadelphia
2: Parks, Art, and Statues | The city that is so rich with American History had an abundance of beautiful artistry. Parks were on nearly every block, and either a statue or sculpture on every corner. Board Game Park is filled with giant game board pieces from the most popular games. We saw Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Sorry, Monopoly, and a few others. Most of the parks and statues, however, are dedicated to a special person or group of people. LOVE Park is actually JFK Plaza in honor of Kennedy.
4: Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs 1964 - Nathan Rapoport In this memorial you can see a wailing child, a suffering mother, and a man in prayer. There are symbols of resistance-fists clutching daggers-as well as images of hope and redemption. The overall form evokes the burning bush from the Book of Exodus, and the flames at the top suggest the menorah. | Government of the People 1976 - Jacques Lipchitz Symbolizing family life "the wellspring of society, the hope of the future" and the concept of government being of, by, and for the people, this sculpture is dedicated to the people of Philadelphia. The twining limbs include that of a father, a mother, and a child at the bottom and a man and woman at the top holding a form that represents the Philadelphia banner.
6: PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART An interesting visit around the perimeter. We just wanted to grab a couple of quick photos, so we pulled over with all the other cars (apparently not legally) when an officer pulled up. We circled the campus and I let Jay out, then circled a few more times before I parked in an unmarked lot. As soon as we got the minimal amount of pics we needed we ran back to move the car before it disappeared.
8: Swann Memorial Fountain is one of the many fountains we came across in Philadelphia. Seeing a lady bathe amongst the sprays made this one the most interesting.
10: The Franklin Institute | was originally opened in Independence Hall in 1824 in honor of Benjamin Franklin. In 1934, the current building was opened and it became a hands-on science museum. When we visited, the Dead Sea Scrolls were on display. It was a moving experience to walk among the original pages of the Bible. Going through the exhibit reaffirmed my faith in God more then ever before. Chills covered my body as my eyes scanned the torn writings from 2000 years ago.
16: Day Two - Atlantic City | A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. iIngrid Bergman
19: Opened January 15, 1857, the third tallest lighthouse in America. We climbed 228 steps to the top to view the Atlantic City skyline.
25: Day Three - Cape May Declared a National Historical Landmark in 1976, a beautiful town filled with 19th century homes. Beautiful!
30: Day Four - Jersey Shore
33: Day Five - | THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS New York City was our favorite stop on our trip. We cannot wait to visit again. Although driving into and out of the city was a nightmare, walking through the streets and experiencing only a part of what the city had to offer was amazing. Time Square was full of life at all hours of the day and night. It truly was the city that never sleeps. There were masses of people everywhere, including street artists, performers, TV crews, and of course tourists. We saw "Anything Goes" on Broadway at half price. Then went shopping on 5th Ave, and in true Monica fashion used a coupon at H&M.
34: New York City | Waldorf - Astoria | 23 MAY 2012
35: This is where we stayed, The Waldorf-Astoria, one of the most famous hotels in the world. I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman entering our elegant hotel. The inside is so magnificent we weren't sure if we were in a fairy tale. We were treated like the King and Queen of England, never having to carry anything ourselves. There were gold trimmings throughout the building. Every president since Herbert Hoover, has spent the night in the Waldorf-Astoria. Royalty, including the King and Queen of England have also rested their heads there. Herbert Hoover lived there for thirty years. Each of the rooms are distinct, no two are alike. Originally, two brothers each built individual hotels. They decided to tear both of them down and rebuild together.
36: The rooms in this historical landmark run between $547 to $11,000 per night. Thanks to Priceline, I was able to book our room for $147.
44: Rowland Hussey Macy opened the original Macy's store with $500. He was lost at sea when a star guided him home. He tattooed a star on his arm as a reminder and later used it as the trademark of his store. Macy's NYC is 11 stories tall. The top floor holds 24 dogs they release each night in order to sniff for squatters, bombs, and drugs. There are 9 jail cells within the store in case you excise poor judgment and attempt to steal. The security cameras on the outside of the building can capture your eye color from two blocks away. | We spent over $100 in tolls on this trip! This is headed into NYC, headed out took 2 hours to go 5 blocks. | Wall Street was the coldest, windiest, and wettest place we visited. When the giant rat is | placed curbside facing a building, it means there is a protest or strike going on at that company. The giant charging bull is the Wall Street icon. It represents aggressive business, and is | one of the most well known symbols of NYC. Masses of people try to rub the bull for financial "good luck". The red street corner building is part of a set of residential buildings in Wall Street. They are the oldest livable buildings in the area and are considered landmarks. The window panes cannot be changed to keep the authenticity.
50: Day Six - Poconos
51: Murder Mystery Dinner We went to out first Murder Mystery Dinner in the Poconos. The theater has been running every Friday night for the past 15 years, the longest running in the Poconos area. Our script was perfectly chosen. Joe and Janice CoolI, Jay and myself, were surprised with a party for their 10th Anniversary. The Father's-in-law disliked their child's partner and prefer they each be with their exes, who are at the party. Janice thought Joe was hanging out with the boys twice a week, he was never at home. She thought he might be cheating. She finds out at the party he was really working a secret job modeling lingerie, in order to surprise Janice with an exquisite vacation for their anniversary.
52: Day Seven - Whitewater Challengers
55: Day Eight - Pennsylvania Scenery
58: Day Nine - Baltimore